Some are fascinated with 3-D printing. One man can't get it out of his head.
An unidentified man had 75% of his skull replaced with a 3-D printed implant made by Oxford Performance Materials, a Connecticut company. The surgery this week was the first time a patient received an implant made specifically for him using 3-D printing technology.
The patient, whose name and injury OPM would not disclose, had his head scanned as part of the procedure.
The operation marks a big step in the advancement of 3-D printing technology, the company said. With 3-D printers, users can produce objects with a molding machine based on computer digital models.
The 3-D printing technology is ideal for implants custom-shaped to each patient's anatomy, the company said.
OPM President and Chief Executive Scott Defelice said 3-D printing allows any type of bone to be replaced with an implant. The technology can shorten surgery time, be less risky and cost less, he said.